Flipping our classroom with 21st century learning activities

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For most teachers in a traditional classroom environment, when students come to class the first thing they do is get introduced to a new content. And then, the second half of class we reinforce that concept to help the students master it. This typically takes place through a variety of extension activities. We have small group, or projects, papers, and even worksheets and problem sets. And then, to help reinforce the content, we send homework home with the student. One the other hand, in a flip classroom, these two elements are actually going to flip. The homework is going to become the introduction to the new content. It happens before the class that deals with that particular subject, not after. Classroom time then is 100% dedicated to active learning experiences where students dive into the content. And you the teacher come along side the student to help them master it. Now that seems very simple in practice, but can get fairly complex when we start breaking down exactly how it plays out in our classroom. When it comes to the students, there's a lot of benefits to the flip classroom mode. Research has shown us that this student-centric model really pushes content mastery. And even though the flipped classroom is really beneficial to students, there's also some great benefits to teachers.

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